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Stories of Service

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William Jesse Strickland

Submitted by: Julia Saint submitting for great niece Selmah Bowen

 

William Jesse Strickland mugWilliam Jesse Strickland born around 1898. William Strickland served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1918.

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William Jesse Strickland and his brother, Larry Young Strickland, sent many letters to their sister during the war. The letters are now in the Heard County Historical Museum in Franklin, Georgia, and were donated by their great-niece, Selmah Bowen.

 

 

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Larry Young Strickland

Submitted by: Julia Saint submitting for great niece Selmah Bowen

 

Larry Young Strickland mugLarry Young Strickland born around 1896. Larry Strickland served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1919.

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Larry and his brother, William Strickland were the great uncles of Selmah Bowen. She has copies of letters that both men sent to their sister.

 

 

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Clarence M Gilchrist

Submitted by: Julia Saint submitting for his granddaughter, Bonnie Gilchrist Baker

Clarence M Gilchrist mug

Clarence M Gilchrist born around 1895. Clarence Gilchrist served in World War 1 with the United States Navy. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1917.

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Clarence Gilchrist served in the U.S. Navy during WWI. His granddaughter, Bonnie Gilchrist Baker, provided photographs and notes on the back of the photographs. Clarence served in the Navy Band for a while; he visited in Guantanamo, Cuba in 1918.

 

 

 

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Hilra Herman Hyatt

Submitted by: Julia Saint submitting for daughter Melba Templeton

 

Hilra Herman HyattHilra Herman Hyatt born around 1894. Hilra Hyatt served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1919.

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My father, Hilra Herman Hyatt, was a Wagoner Sup. Co. 26th Infantry in World War I. He was inducted in the U.S. Army at Camp Gordon on October 2nd, 1917 and discharged at Camp Gordon on September 25th, 1919.

After my father was discharged from the Army, he married my mother, Carrie Eunice Adele Gladney Hyatt. They lived in Centralhatchee, Georgia, and twelve children were born from this union.

My father was born and reared in Heard County, Georgia. His birthdate is October 28th, 1893, and his death date is February 27th, 1958.

Submitted by: Melba Hyatt Templeton

 

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A Tradition of Service Logo 75Juan P. Quintana, Jr.

Submitted by: Barbara Gonzales {Daughter}

Juan P Quintera Jr

Juan P. Quintana, Jr. was born around 1899. Juan Quintana served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1934.

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Juan Quintana, Camp Mills, Long Island, New York 05/17/1919, enlisted on June 27, 1917 and was sent to Fort Logan, Colorado and Camp Kearney, California for his basic training.

The photograph by Joseph K Dixon is courtesy of the Mathers Museum Wannamaker Collection of photographs and letters documenting the service of Native Americans Indians. Juan was not a citizen but he became one June 2, 1924 when Congress authorized the Secretary of Interior to issue certificates of citizenship to Indians.

My father, Juan Phone Quintana was born on the Jicarilla Apache Reservation, August 24, 1899. He spent his first 16 years on the reservation helping his parents with the sheep. At the age of 9 he was finally caught by the Indian Agent and sent to school. He said his mother did not want the agent to find her children so she hid them.

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William B. Wilson

Submitted by: Harold G. Delamater {Commander VFW Post 666}

William B. WilsonWilliam B. Wilson was born around 1893. William Wilson served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1916 and the service was completed in 1918.

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Beacon’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 666 commemorates the 100th anniversary of the death of the solider who is the eponym of that organization -- Private William B. Wilson. He was killed in action in Belgium on August 19, 1918, the first soldier from Beacon to die in World War I.

Today, a century after his death on the battlefield, few know of him or the reason why the Wilson Post was so named. History can be fickle and easily forgotten after a generation or two, but Private Wilson’s story of sacrifice needs to be retold and remembered.

Wilson went off to war with two of his best friends, George Van Pelt of Beacon and Herbert Miller of Newburgh. The three, with about 50 other Beacon boys, joined up in Newburgh’s “Company L” of the 107 Infantry Regiment. By late April of 1918, the regiment had landed in France.

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James Edward Coffey

Submitted by: Donald P. Vincent {Namesake of my Nashua, NH American Legion Post 3}

James Edward Coffey

James Edward Coffey born around 1897. James Coffey served in World War 1 with the United States Army . The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1918.

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About James E. Coffey

James Edward Coffey, the first soldier from Nashua, NH to die in battle in World War I, was born on April 22, 1896, to Daniel J. and Catherine (Dillon) Coffey.

He attended Nashua schools and St. Patrick Church, and in June 1917, became one of the first Nashua men to enlist in the Army at the outbreak of the war. He was assigned to Company D, 103rd Infantry, 26th Division, and trained in Concord and Westfield, Mass.

Coffey and his unit, the famous 26th Yankee Division commanded by Maj. Gen. Clarence R. Edwards, deployed overseas in September 1917.

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Cornelius M. Cavanaugh

Submitted by: Joseph Cavanaugh Great Grandson

Cornelius M. Cavanaugh

 

Cornelius M. Cavanaugh was born around 1902. Cornelius Cavanaugh served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1918 and the service was completed in 1920.

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William L. Cook, Sr.

Submitted by: Robert Kringe {Great Grandson}

5cb731ee09090 William L Cook

 

William L. Cook, Sr. was born around April 24, 1893. William Cook served in World War 1 with the United States Navy. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1920.

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Louis McCahill

Submitted by: Colonel B. Wayne Quist {American Legion Post 110 Historian}

Louis McCahill

Louis McCahill was born around 1896. Louis McCahill served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1918.

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Corporal Louis McCahill, American Legion Post 110, Lake City, Minnesota

American Legion Post 110 in Lake City, Minnesota was named in honor of World War I veteran Corporal Louis McCahill. He died in France on November 5, 1918 less than a week before the Armistice that ended “The Great War.” Corporal McCahill served in many engagements with the 412th Motor Truck Company 426 during the conflict. He is buried in Suresnes American Cemetery in Paris, France: Plot A, Row 4, Grave 5.

Lake City American Post 110 was named in honor of Corporal Louis McCahill on February 7, 1921. In addition, Lake City, MN named McCahill Memorial Park on Lakeshore Drive and McCahill Ballpark on Jewell Ave for Corporal Louis McCahill.

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John N. Berg

Submitted by: Kelly Herzog {Community Member/Historian}

John N Berg

John N Berg born around 1889. John Berg served in World War 1 with the United States Army . The enlistment was in 1918 and the service was completed in 1919.

Story of Service

 

Please see the attached Narrative and photo. We are so very proud to share information on Mr. Berg and about his Distinguished Service Cross. I have a lot of other information I would like to share with you, also.

 

 

 

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